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The Close Up Season 5 launch party

The Close up launch

Nicky Greenwall and her celeb friends ushered in the return of The Close Up with an intimate cocktail event at the Southern Sun in Hyde Park.

Hush presenter Refilwe Modiselle was the MC for the evening, and introduced Nicky Greenwall, who hosts and executive produces the show through her production house, Greenwall Productions.

Nicky emphasised that the 5th season of The Close Up, starting Thursday, 19 November at 6PM, will feature celebs who are considered to be controversial, but their stories will try to make people understand why they behaved the way they did in the past.

She praised those who made The Close Up Season 5 possible, including her photographer husband, Robin Fryer, who took the portraits of the celebs featured on the show. Nicky went on to reveal that they are also in the process of releasing a coffee table book which will feature some of the best portraits her husband took. The proceeds will be donated to the Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH) charity in Woodstock, Cape Town.

The big announcement for the night was the upcoming 6th season of The Close Up in which the likes of Tol Ass Mo, Lerato Kganyago, David Tlale, Nhlanhla Nciza, Proverb and more will reveal their first jobs before they were famous.

Guests were treated to a somewhat humorous teaser trailer of season 6 which is due to air on e.tv in 2016.

Some of the featured celebs who were present at the launch include DJ Sbu, Katlego Maboe, Siv Ngesi, Nonhle Thema and Jimmy Nevis.

 

Among those who were not present, but have been interviewed in the same season, include Maps Maponyane, iFani, Sade Gilliberti, DJ Mo Flava and SAGT judge Lalla Hirayama.

Watch the first episode of The Close Up Season 5 on Thursday, 19 November at 6PM featuring Kelly Khumalo. Follow the show on Twitter.

 

Source: etv

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The gloves are off at the SAGT 2015 finals

SAGT 2015 final

By Moeketsi Thatho

With the long awaited final episode of SA’s got talent just 2 days away, the rehearsal floors have a very good story to tell, regardless of who Mzansi will crown the winner.

On the 8th of November e.tv will air the final episode of the talent search show, that has unearthed the finest talent the country has to offer. The crunch episode will be aired live from the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, and this year’s edition sees the world’s youngest DJ who is only 3 years old compete with equally talented yet older performers for the coveted half a million rand cash prize, and the bragging rights of being the most talented act of the year.

The competition winner gets to be decided by the fans via an SMS vote, and the lines will be open straight away from 6 PM when the show starts, until 19:30 when the results show will resume and the winner will be announced.

DJ Arch Junior Takes Social Media By Storm

The 3 year old world sensation, DJ Arch Junior that took Social Media and local radio stations by storm will be joined on the stage of dreams by rapper K-N9NE, singer Will Rayz, ventriloguist Isabella Jane, another singer in Henno William, and lastly the dancers of Street Stylers for the McDonald’s sponsored finale.

 

Whopping R500 000 To Be Won

The stakes are high as the judges and the fans were blown away during the 3-legged Semi Finals shows. From the line-up, one can easily tell that missing this show is definitely not an option as history will be made live in Soweto.

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The Close Up etv returns for 5th season

The Close up etv

Nicky Greenwall gets up close with celebs like Kelly Khumalo, DJ Sbu, Katlego Maboe, Maps Maponyane and iFani and more. The Close Up season 5 starts Thursday 19 November at 6PM

The series digs deep into the lives of well-known local personalities, their upbringing, their journey to stardom and the impact of fame on their lives.

Each episode features a local celebrity telling their life story in their own words. The stories are compiled from hours of interview footage and coupled with never-before-seen archive material and images of each celebrity before, during and after their rise-to-fame.

“A lot of the celebrities we have on this season are considered controversial, but their stories will hopefully make people understand why they have behaved the way they have in the past.” says Nicky Greenwall, Executive Producer.

“Musicians express themselves through their music.” says Nicky. “But, even so – musicians can still be misunderstood. It’s my hope that these interviews will shed light on the real people behind the personalities audiences have come to believe they know so well.”

Among the other celebrities interviewed in this season includes actor Siv Ngesi, former child star Sade Gilliberti, DJ Mo Flava, and TV presenters Nonhle Thema and Lalla Hirayama.

“We are thrilled to be showcasing yet another in-depth season of The Close Up. It’s going to be an edgy and revealing new season, well done to Nicky Greenwall and her team for this amazing fresh installment.” Says Monde Twala, e.tv Managing Director.

The Close Up season 5 starts Thursday 19 November at 6PM. Follow the show on Twitter.

Source: www.etv.co.za

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DJ arch Junior and K-N9NE blast into the SA’s Got Talent finale

SA’s Got Talent finale

DJ Arch Junior and K-N9NE will join Will Rayz, Isabella Jane, Street Stylers and Henno William in the finale of SA’s Got Talent this Sunday 8 November. The 3 year old worldwide sensation and the Klerksdorp rapper fought out some tough competition to be the last two contestants going into the finale.

DJ Arch Junior on the decks in the third semi-final of SA’s Got Talent.

DJ Arch Junior made it through to the finale of the competition by means of public SMS vote. His father, Glen, who spoke on his behalf is ecstatic about the advancement. ‘AJ has lots of work to do for the finale in order to win the competition. We are so happy for him that he has made it this far. Whether he wins or not, we are proud of him.’ says DJ Arch Junior’s father, Glen.

Rapper, K-N9NE, impressed everyone with his amazing skills.

Klerksdorp rapper, K-N9NE, was placed in front of the judges alongside comedic duo, Double Blacks, for the judges’ vote. It was a tough decision for the judges but K-N9NE came out on top and filled the final spot in the top 6 of the SA’s Got Talent finale. ‘This is a dream come true. This is my passion and I am one step closer to becoming the headline artist I have worked so hard to be. Thank you to everyone for the support.’ says K-N9NE on his advancement.

The finale of SA’s Got Talent will be a tough one. Singer Will Rayz, ventriloquist Isabella, dancers Street Stylers, musician Henno William alongside DJ Arch Junior and K-N9NE will take to the stage one last time to impress the judges and public. Be sure not to miss the finale of SA’s Got Talent this coming Sunday evening.

The winner of SA’s Got Talent will walk away with the prestigious title as well as half a million rand courtesy of e.tv and McDonald’s.

Voting lines open at the beginning of the episode at 6PM and close at 7:30PM before the live results show starts. Viewers can SMS their favourite act’s number, given out on the evening, to 34629. Each SMS vote costs R1.50 and free SMS’s do not apply.

SA’s Got Talent is exclusive to e.tv and e.tv HD every Sunday evening at 6PM. The live results show will air at 7:30PM on the same night. e.tv HD is available on OpenView HD on channel 104.

SA’s Got Talent links:

Official website: https://www.etv.co.za/sagt
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/etvSAGT
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SAsGotTalent

 

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DJ Zan has everyone talking about his new single Bad in December

#BADinDecember

YFM’s #YTKO DJ, DJ Zan-D, has had everyone talking this week about his new single #BADinDecember. When DJ Zan-D officially released the single yesterday, #BADinDecember was a trending topic in South Africa.

DJ Zan-D’s #BADinDecember features Reason, Ginger Breadman, Stilo Magolide on verses and Sakhekile on the hook. The beat was done by Dee Manie from Cape Town and additional production by DJ Zan-D himself, and Playground Productions.

Buy DJ Zan-D’s #BADinDecember on iTunes here: https://itun.es/za/R6gW-

#BADinDecember is available on all major music platforms including the likes of: Applemusic, Beatport

Juno Download, Amazon, google play, beats music, shazam, Spotify, deezer and music key (youtube)

“Everybody has their naughty side to them that usually comes out when they have sipped on a few drinks at a party. This happens even more during the December festive period; people really tend to let their hair down then. #BADinDecember is the summer soundtrack to that time of the year where people just want to forget about their work and/or school stress and life is all about celebrating and having a great time” expresses DJ Zan-D.

#BADinDecember is an impressive follow on single to DJ Zan-D’s highly successful debut single, #Runway. Watch DJ Zan-D’s #Runway music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XNyx6GKLy8

Make sure to tune into YFM every Thursday at 6pm to catch DJ Zan-D’s #YTKO mix!

Connect with DJ Zan-D:

Facebook: DJ Zan-D (https://www.facebook.com/DJZandD)
itter: @DJZanD
Instagram: @DJZanD
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XNyx6GKLy8

 

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ANALOGUE NITES presents KO & Driemanskap live on stage

KO & Driemanskap

Jozi’s premier old meets new school live music experience event ushers in Summer with an interesting marriage of two diverse hip hop acts live on stage. ANALOGUE NITES presents KO as a headline act and Driemanskap as a supporting act, on Thursday, 5 November 2015, at Niche Hangout in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Purchase your tickets here to avoid disappointment:

http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1458683388

Ticket pricing:

  • R120 pre-sold with a Nedbank card
  • R150 pre-sold without a Nedbank card
  • R180 at the door

ANALOGUE NITES is proud to present one of the formidable players in the South African hip hop landscape, KO, who has a very impressive resume behind him. His debut solo offering, Skhanda Republic, has won KO numerous awards and much respect both amongst his peers and industry critics with his game changing singles such as Caracara and Son of a Gun.

Whilst most hip-hop artists are releasing ‘turn up songs’ and club bangers, Driemanskap is the vanguard of the new generation of South African rap artists unperturbed by the mainstream showbiz other than their love for what makes them different – the Spaza sound and movement that represents Cape Town’s unique rhyme style that combines isiXhosa, with English and Cape Flats slang. This 4-man crew, made up of members El Nino, Ma-B, Redondo and Dla, has gone from strength to strength, driving crowds crazy with their high energy, hurricane-like performances.

Both KO and Driemanskap will perform with live instrumentation. Thursday, 5 October 2015, promises to be yet another great live music experience at Niche Hangout which is not be missed!

ANALOGUE NITES is testimony to Nedbank’s essence of ‘make the things that really matter happen’ in Mzansi. In keeping with its client centered approach, Nedbank card holders will qualify for a 20% discount on the ticket price when buying online from Webticket and selected Pick n Pay outlets before 1 October 2015. In addition, the bank will provide an express payment facility for clients who wish to purchase their tickets on the day via the innovative mobile point-of-sale solution, PocketPOS™ which offers convenience, mobility, security and ease of access to banking, anytime, anywhere – using a smartphone or tablet.

Connect with ANALOGUE NITES:

Facebook: ANALOGUE NITES (www.facebook.com/analoguenites)
Twitter: @ANALOGUENITES
Instagram: @ANALOGUENITES

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Ms Cosmo set to host another installment of her Fun House on 7 November 2015

Ms Cosmo

5FM DJ, Ms Cosmo, is set to host another installment of her Fun House on Saturday, 7 November 2015, at Acorn Lane, Sandton.

Ms Cosmo’s Fun House events are known to give a new meaning to “house parties” with elite guests in attendance and quality entertainment provided.

Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015

Venue: Acorn Lane, 61 Rivonia Road, Sandhurst, Sandton

Time: 14h0023h00

Headliners: Uhuru & DeeJay Buckz

Pre-Sold Tickets: R100 – http://mscosmosfunhouse.nutickets.co.za/1856

NB: Tickets can ONLY be purchased online on the link above.

The next instalment of Ms Cosmo’s Fun House is themed “The Carnival” and will include headline performances by Uhuru and Deejay Buckz. Also on the line-up will be Ms Cosmo alongside Major League DJ, Speedsta, Capital, London D, Radix, Twins On Deck, Franky, Soulkid, Choice, Banques and Ph.

Ms Cosmo Expresses

“My Fun House is back for yet another instalment of one of the freshest events Jozi is yet to see. A social event that cannot be missed. The entertainment will be dished out by the best DJ’s in the country while complimented with an exclusive performance from Uhuru & DeeJay Buckz. Hosted by the ever eccentric Carpo. There is no better way to celebrate affluence and abundance than having a night of fun and elegance that is filled with drinks, live music, fine food and the best people” expresses Ms Cosmo.

Purchase your tickets now to avoid disappointment:

http://mscosmosfunhouse.nutickets.co.za/1856

Connect with Ms Cosmo:

Facebook: Ms Cosmo (http://www.facebook.com/MsCosmoDJPage)
Twitter: @MsCosmoDJ
Instagram: @MsCosmoDJ

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Above Ground: celebrating the explosion of SA Hip Hop!

Above Ground celebrating the explosion of SA Hip Hop!

eKasi+ Channel 105 on OpenView HD will debut a brand new local Hip Hop series, Above Ground on Tuesday 27 October 2015 at 6PM.

Above Ground is a South African Hip Hop television show that takes the viewer through an enthralling journey by unpacking the social significance and evolution of Hip Hop in Mzansi. The documentary styled series connects both the front and the back end of local Hip Hop culture, showcasing various elements of Hip Hop such as dance, crews, ciphers, battles, graffiti, beat makers, DJs, fashion, social commentary and entrepreneurs.

The 13 part docu-reality series will be presented by the Hip Hop sensation Ndabaningi “Zubz” Mabuye. Zubz is an acclaimed South African rapper and lyricist who has been in the entertainment industry for 15 years. He started his first rhymes at the age of twelve and is rated as Africa’s Hip Hop ambassador.

“In the journey to diversify our youth programming, we are excited to introduce a brand new show that showcases and elevates the Hip Hop culture in South Africa. Local Hip Hop has come of age, it continues to give youth a means to express themselves in a powerful manner and its major cultural influence in undeniable. Above Ground captures untold stories behind our rich Hip Hop culture in a format that has never been done before.,” said Monde Twala, Managing Director at e.tv.

“I’m excited to be part of the movement that showcases the true journey of South African Hip Hop, where it began and where it’s going. Viewers will get a VIP pass to the talented artists what have made waves in the local scene” said Zubz.

Each episode will feature different artists who will take the viewers on a journey to understand the history of Hip Hop culture. Baloji Youssoupha will share his thoughts on Hip Hop in Africa. Shameema Williams will share her views about the “Social Ills” of woman in Hip Hop. Siyabonga “Slikour” Metane will discuss the Social impact of Hip Hop and how some of African Hip Hop artist use the platform. Khulu Chana delves deeper into the influence of Hip Hop collaborations while Proverb talks about the importance of unity in the industry.

Above Grounds Presenter; Zubz

About Zubz

After graduating from varsity he won a major battle at legendary club 206 and graced the stage alongside Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Black Thought and Jeru da Damaja at Black August. His grooming as an award worthy artist started with his highly acclaimed first album/mix tape,Last Letta. He has gone on to pen three albums Listener’s Digest (2004), HeadphoneMusic in a Parallel Universe (2006) and the 2009 release Cochlea: One Last Letta. Throughout this he’s stuck to his definition of Hip Hop: True, Lyrical, Brave and wholly Zubz.

Check the Above Ground promo below…

Catch the first episode of Abouve Ground on eKasi+, channel 105 on the 27th of October 2015 only available on OpenView HD.

About OpenView HD
OpenView HD is a free digital satellite platform, powered by e.tv, which brings you a wonderful new world of entertainment – 18 new TV channels in digital quality. The decoder is available from all leading retailers from as little as R399 (excludes dish/installation).

Follow OpenView HD on the following platforms:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/openviewHD
Twitter: https://twitter.com/openviewhd
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UChp1aJkOrC3Abhu8zZOwljQ
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OpenViewHD/

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The 6th annual Maftown Heights set to take place on 27 November 2015 at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg

The 6th annual Maftown Heights

It’s that time of year again as the sixth annual Maftown Heights festival is upon us. Maftown Heights is set to take place on Friday, 27 November 2015, at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg from 15h00 till 03h00.

Purchase tickets online via Ticket Pro here

The sixth annual Maftown Heights returns with KFC as a headline sponsor. Other sponsors and partners include: Channel O, YFM, Absolut Vodka, Miller, Red Bull Studios and Slikour On Life.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Maftown Heights… It brings us, as a brand, closer to connecting with the youth and their passion for music. This year we have some exciting new elements to add and we’re looking forward to another exciting hip-hop festival with Maftown Heights, for everyone to enjoy”, says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, Marketing Director for KFC Africa.

Known as one of SA’s key hip hop calendar events and one of the premier hip hop festivals on the continent, Maftown Heights offers a line-up of an eclectic blend of the best hip hop 2015 had to offer. The lineup features artists pioneering Motswako in Africa as well as leaders in the South African music industry across the genres of hip hop and Kwaito.

It is Maftown Heights’ mission year on year to unite the Motswako family under one umbrella alongside the cream of SA and African hip hop/music. Each year an attempt is made to book as many acts from the Motswako fraternity as possible, and the final Motswako crew added to the line-up is based purely on those that were available for the booking.

Maftown Heights’ move to Mary Fitzgerald Square this year is testament to the growth of the festival over the years. The expected turnout at this year’s festival will be approximately 13 000 people. See below the artists set to perform this year.

Motswako Crew

Khuli Chana, Mo Molemi, Tuks, Fifi Cooper, HHP, Lection, JR, Ginger Trill, KT, Notshi & Towdee Mac

Friends of Motswako

Riky Rick, KO, AKA, Kabelo, L-Tido, N’Veigh, Zakwe, PH Raw X, Anatii, WTF, Aewonwolf and the Wolfpack, Gigi Lamayne, Yanga, Big Star Johnson (VUZU Amp Hustle Season 1 Winner), Band Academy (Beatmochini & Skillo), Naycha, Castino & Fraternity with DJ Shaxe

DJ Line-Up

Nation, Speedsta, PH, Zan-D, Major League DJz, Coco & Lemonka

Surprise Act

Maftown Heights is also known to showcase rising talent and this year will be no different, however, the New Kids On The Block (#NKOTB) segment will run via a public voting mechanic, putting the power in the hands of fans to vote for who they want to see added to the Maftown Heights line-up in the #NKOTB segment.

Early Bird tickets have been released:

Early Bird General Admission: R120 (Only 1000 tickets available)

Early Bird Golden Circle: R250 (Only 750 tickets available)

Tickets thereafter will be priced as follows:

Pre-Sold General Admission (with valid SA student card): R150

Pre-Sold General Admission: R180

General Admission at the door (limited): R200

 

Pre-Sold Golden Circle (with valid SA student card): R270

Pre-Sold Golden Circle: R300

Golden Circle at the door (limited): R350

Connect with Maftown Heights:

Facebook: Maftown Heights (https://www.facebook.com/maftownheights)

Twitter: @MaftownHeights

Instagram: @MaftownHeights

Website: www.maftownheights.co.za

Paid VIP: R500

Towards the end of last week, Maftown Heights halted all promotional communication about the festival in light of the student protests that were taking place. As students form the primary market of Maftown Heights’ attendees, Maftown Heights made a pledge to donate R10 of every ticket purchased this year and every year going forward to go towards financial contribution towards student fees.

“We are excited to host another explosive edition of what has now become the 2nd largest hip hop festival on the continent! We are especially proud to be partying with a purpose as part of the proceeds of the festival from this year and every year henceforth will be going towards assisting deserving students with tertiary funding.

A special thanks to our headline sponsor KFC; our valued media partners since inception – YFM and Channel O; our new online partner Slikour On Life and our category sponsors Miller, Absolut and Redbull for choosing to partner with us to showcase all things amazing about SA hip hop on a world class platform! Special attention will be paid to the overall customer experience of attendees to ensure that this year’s festival is an unforgettable experience from start to finish” expresses Dream Team SA Director and co-founder of Maftown Heights, Refiloe Ramogase.

Purchase tickets now via Ticket Pro to avoid disappointment! Ticket Pro tickets can be purchased at the following outlets: CNA, Edgars Mobile, Postnet and Jet Cellular.

Online Ticket Pro purchase here

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